Machines in a bad mood

Nostalgia- from the Greek “nostos” return home and “algos” pain. An ache for the past.

(The following to be read as swiftly as possible and in a big shouty, excitable voice)

Cheer up Draper-Man, there’s no need to ache for the past. The big wheel has come round again. Yes Roboteers, Robot Wars is back on the small screen and available to watch on Sundays. Or on catch up or your hard drive or a pod cast or your mate’s phone or I don’t know…other places. So many choices nowadays. Last shown in 2004 when I heard Robot Wars was making a comeback I partied like it was 2001: a Space Odyssey.

This technological battle of the bots leaves Formula One trailing in its wake. No overtaking just Carnage, pure and simple. The destruction in this combat of Robots makes Rollerball look like a sugar plum fairy ballet. It makes the Terminator look like John Inman. Jack Bauer would take the day off if he thought it was going to be like this. Falconetti would…oh OK, you get the picture.

The main point is its back and all the old features are still there. The house robots still patrol their spots and attack any intruders, the arena has its areas of danger and the booming vocal cords of Jonathan Pearce are behind the microphone commentating on the Cyborgian catastrophe prevailing in the pit.

The bespoke robots entered in the contests all have their own mechanical monikers. episode one of the new series saw such gems as  Behemoth, Kill-E-Crank-E, Nuts, Razer  and Terrorhurtz. It is a show that even watching the credits is exciting. With lots of old electrical appliances and some junk bicycles stagnating in the loft, all I need is a soldering iron and I’m in the game. And lucky me, I get to give my robot a name.

 

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5 Comments on “Machines in a bad mood”


  1. Oh Snort &Sniff, JW, just can`t stop crying – that MadMen scene was SO moving. (And I`d assumed from the name it would be a film about post-apocalyptic ailments dissolving mental faculties…)

    George used to love RobotWars, whereas I used to agonise for the poor losing teams, bravely gathering scattered bits of their machines.

    Love the music (not like me, I know…) in your S3 Tribute – does that mean Series 3 or is it robotcode? And yet more dopily, didn`t grasp the name-giving – have you many Unnamed robots?

    Can`t wait to see these efforts, specially on TV.

  2. theroyalist Says:

    Mad Men had its moments, Dolores. This one was…evocative (hark at me)

    S3 is for Series 3. I didn’t know that in series 1 Jeremy Clarkson (who he?) was a presenter. How the mighty have fallen.

    I have taken apart all the old appliances and have a table full of coils, bolts and metal fragments. It won’t take long to reassemble the parts and make a robot. Which I’m going to call


  3. Evocative of coils, bolts and metal fragments – is Tinkerbell too obvious?
    Or call it JackDaniels – nutty, oily, slightly smoky and packs a Beautiful Punch.

  4. theroyalist Says:

    “Tinkerbell”. Dolores, you are a star.

    As a homage to you I am going to give my robots non-threatening names.
    Metal Nice Guy
    Unannoyed Android
    Peaceonearthotron
    Rasper, the friendly Robot


  5. How very kind of you, JW, and I think peaceonearthotron trips off the tongue with particular delicacy.
    I should warn you though that I can be an ANIMAL when riled, And I`ve had two karate lessons. (In 1975, it was…)


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